Travel Tips for Seasoned Adventure Seekers

Travel Tips for Seasoned Adventure Seekers

(NUI)- The kids are grown. Your savings are set. You have the time and will to travel the world. So what's stopping you? With low airfares and special room rates aplenty, there is no time like the present to go sightseeing.
You have a destination in mind and you've marked off the days on your calendar. But the hardest part is the planning. You could do all the research and booking yourself. But if you don't have the time or patience to devote to the task, be sure to choose a travel agency that has your needs in mind.
One such company is the Grand Circle Corp., whose principal business is to provide unique, worldwide vacations to mature American travelers. Whether you're seeking relaxation, adventure or a little of both, GCC has it all. Its vacations are structured around five popular options: river cruises, escorted tours, extended stay vacations, ocean cruises and adventure programs. Each blends sightseeing, intercultural exchanges and free time for making each trip personal and memorable.
Knowing that even experienced travelers need some peace of mind, GCC takes many steps to ensure that travelers feel comfortable when booking overseas trips. The employees in GCC's 30 worldwide offices are nationals of the country hosting the trip. In addition to being fluent in English, they are well versed in the culture and attuned to the politics of their country. Through their direct association with each destination, GCC's worldwide regions inform the corporate office daily of any safety concerns and are prepared to act quickly on behalf their clients.
Of course, you can never be too prepared when traveling. Here are a few tips from the free Grand Circle Travel booklet "Going Abroad: 101 Tips Plus for Mature Travelers" to help make your trip enjoyable:
* Make sure your passport is up to date. Some countries now require a passport valid for six months after your return to the United States.
* Find out if the countries you are traveling to or through require a visa. Be aware that individual countries change their requirements without notice.
* Carry copies of all important documents and travel aids, including your passport, tickets, traveler's cheques, birth certificate, credit cards and visas. Keep one set with you and store the other in a safe place.
* Take two of everything "medical," including glasses, contact lenses, dentures and prescriptions. If you have special health problems, ask your doctor to prepare a medical history for a foreign doctor. Consider carrying a medical alert card. Research medical facilities and insurance abroad before you leave.
* Get a dental checkup before you leave and pack plenty of dental accessories. Get your vaccinations far in advance if you are planning a vacation to an exotic destination.
* Notify your tour operator, airline or cruise line of any special dietary needs in advance. Some can accommodate your need for kosher, vegetarian or low-salt meals.
To order a free copy of the tips booklet or for more information about Grand Circle tours, call 1-800-553-1129.